NEWS FOR THE WEEK OF March 18, 2015
119th Diocesan Convention Rescheduled
D ear Lay and Clergy Deputies of the Diocese of Lexington,

Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Having consulted with the clergy in charge of parishes, we are happy to announce that we will gather for the 119th Convention of the Diocese of Lexington at St. Michael's Church, Lexington on Saturday, March 28 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (at the latest). Lunch will be provided. More details will be coming soon about follow-up registration, lunch choices, confirming which of your parish's deputies are able to attend, and other information regarding this rescheduled convention.

Thank you for your patience in this unavoidable change

Christ's Peace,

Bishop Doug
We welcome two new staff members at our Diocesan Office, Mission House
Our new Associate for Financial Affairs is Kathleen Spears. Originally from the Lexington area, Kathleen is a Certfied Public Accountant who has worked with non-profit organizations. Most recently, Kathleen has served as the Chief Financial Officer for the World Equestrian Games. We are glad to have her serving with us and if you have questions relating to diocesan finances, you can contact Kathleen at

As the Reading Camp board discerns how they see fit to best staff the needs of Reading Camp, they and Bishop Hahn want our summer Reading Camps to run smoothly in the time of transition and have appointed Madison County native Renae Stanger as the interim Reading Camp program director. Renae has a degree in Education and had been very active in volunteering with Reading Camp. She has assisted in coordinating the after-school reading program at William Wells Brown Elementary in Lexington. If you have questions about the Reading Camps for the Summer of 2015, you can contact Renae at

We welcome Kathleen and Renae to Mission House and to our wider community of the Diocese of Lexington!
March 7 Ordination
Chris Hamby, sponsored by Resurrection, Jessamine Co, and Amanda Musterman, sponsored by Christ Church Cathedral, were ordained as deacons on March 7 at the Church of the Resurrection. Amanda serves at St. Patrick's, Somerset and Chris is finishing his last year at Virginia Theological Seminary and serving at Christ Church, Alexandria, Virginia.  
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St. Matthew's Episcopal Church hiring for Director of Ministry

Position Summary:

The Director of Ministry is a lay professional who oversees educational and small group ministries at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church.

Reports To:

The Rector while also working closely with all other staff; the Children's Committee; the Dimensions of Faith Committee; Ministry Leaders; Adult Education Leaders; and the vestry.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree from an accredited institution with: additional coursework or a professional certificate in theology, counseling, spiritual direction, or similar work

  • Knowledge of Episcopal ecclesiology, liturgy, and theology

  • Previous work or volunteer experience in a church, non-profit, or educational setting

  • Technological literacy; especially with social media

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Familiarity with and passion for Godly Play and EfM highly preferred

Desired Skills and Attributes:

  • People-oriented with strong interpersonal skills

  • Ability to engage people using all facets of digital and social media  

  • Solution-based team player

  • Confidentiality and dependability

  • Flexibility around change and new concepts

  • Desire to serve God and others

  • Excitement for the vision and mission of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Oversee all aspects of St. Matthew's educational programs spanning the 10 decades of life.

  • Oversee, train, and support lay ministry leaders for small group ministries.

  • Supervise and train staff affiliated with the Ministry department.

  • Provide pastoral care to families with children, and lay ministry leaders.

  • Oversee the Sunday liturgies for children, and work with the Children's committee to provide excellent children's ministry offerings.

  • Coordinate the Dimensions of Faith program.

  • Serve on the Community Preschool board.

Work Schedule:  

This is a full-time salaried position.  Sundays are a regular work day, and Friday is the regular day off.  This position does not qualify for overtime pay.  St. Matthew's offers a competitive salary package based on education and experience that includes benefits, paid vacation time, and a continuing education allowance.


The responsibilities listed above are representative of the job, may change from time to time, and are not intended to be all-inclusive.  Applicants must undergo a background check and comply with the Safeguarding God's Children training upon employment.

To Apply:

Please submit the following:

  • Cover Letter expressing why you would be a good fit for St. Matthew's

  • Current Resume

  • Short essays on these three topics (Please do not write more than 1,000 words for all of the questions combined).

  1. Describe your understanding of the place of children and families in worship.

  2. Explain why adult formation/religious education is essential work for the church, and how you see it changing over the next five years.

  3. Describe a ministry that exists because of your leadership. What was your role in its creation? Who can we contact about this project?

Direct your application materials to:

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church

The Rev. Kelly Kirby, Rector

330 N. Hubbards Ln.

Louisville, KY  40207 (preferred)

Contemplative Outreach of Kentucky invites the Lexington Centering Prayer Community to celebrate--
United in Prayer, United in Silence

23rd Annual Worldwide Day in Prayer
Pax Christi Catholic Church
4001 Victoria Way, Lexington, KY
March 21, 2015
9:00 am-noon

Wayne Moore and Gary Stewart, Facilitators

Lent is a special time for reflection on the mystery of God's presence. We invite you to join us as we gather together for a morning of silence reflection and consent to the presence and action of God in our lives.

Please bring a snack to share.

For information contact Wayne Moore at 255-6368 or

God speaks: it is a mystery, i.e., it is the death of my senses and my reason,
for it is the nature of mysteries to immolate them.
A mystery is life to the heart through faith,
but for the rest of our faculties, a contradiction ...
the darker the mystery, the more light it contains.
- Jean Pierre de Caussade

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St. George's Day, April 18

Attention Silent Auction Donations
The Silent Auction held annually at General Convention to benefit Diocesan Youth Scholarships will be held at St. George's Day at the Cathedral Donain April 18th.  Please bring your parish basket or other donation to the Great Hall when you arrive at the Domain.  If you are not able to attend St. George's Day please bring your basket or other donation to Cindy Sigmon at Mission House the week prior to the 18th.
What's New

Gallery Hop at the Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market Street, Lexington, March 20


A Confusion of the Spirit -- Holy or Distilled

St. John's Episcopal Church, 701 Engineer Street, Corbin, March 21


Faure' Requiem

Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market St. Lexington, March 29


Holy Eucharist with the Blessing of Holy Oils and Reaffirmation of Ministry Vows

Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market Street, Lexington, March 31


Journey in Faith and Wellness

The Church of the Holy Trinity, 209 South Broadway, Georgetown, April 25

What's Happening

The Cathedral Domain, March 20-March 22

June 6-13


Province IV Youth Event for Middle Schoolers

Haw River State Park, NC, July 9-July 12

Lenten Morning Prayer at the Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market Street, Lexington, February 19-March 27


Young Adults Sushi Fridays

Locations vary each week, February 20-March 27


Friday Fish Frys

Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market Street, Lexington, February 20-March 27


Lenten Series: What Do The 12 Steps Have To Teach Everyday People?

Christ Church Cathedral, 166 Market Street, Lexington, March 4-March 25

Employment Opportunity
Trinity Church, Covington is seeking an enthusiastic Christian Formation Director to develop, direct, and implement an invigorating, fulfilling, and multifaceted formation program for all ages. Click here for more info.
Lent 5
The Church of the Resurrection, Jessamine County

Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday 
The Church of the Good Shepherd, Lexington
   The Rev. Brian Cole, Rector;
   The Rev. Andrew Hege, Assistant to the Rector;
   The Rev. Joan Smith, Priest Associate;
   The Rev. Deacon Jeff Howe

19 Mar Ronald W. Summers D
  1 Apr Paul Wanter P

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